Let’s talk about writing

In its third edition this weekend, Lekhana will discuss publishing, Bangalore playwrights and Tamil writing


Anjum Hassan with writer Indira Chandrashekar in Lekhana 2013
Anjum Hassan with writer Indira Chandrashekar in Lekhana 2013

“Like every year, this year we’ll talk about writing,” says Arshia Sattar, founder and director of Sangam House, the writers’ collective behind the Lekhana festival. Its third edition, Lekhana 2014, will be held at two venues in central Bangalore from 10-12 January.

In what Sattar describes as an “extremely general umbrella”, Lekhana brings together writers, mostly from Bangalore, to talk about their writing process and struggles.

The festival opens at 6pm on Friday with an interdisciplinary conversation on the various forms of art at Jewels De Paragon (JDP) on Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road, where a majority of the sessions will be held. On the panel are Shikha Malaviya, Ellen Kombilyil, Arati Kumar-Rao, Margaret Mascarenhas and Suman Sridhar.

On Saturday, the day will begin with a workshop on “How to Get Published”, with literary agent Priya Doraswamy, editor Ajitha G.S. from HarperCollins and Mysore-based writer Mahesh Rao. The interactive session will discuss the stages a book goes through before it hits the stands.

Poet and writer Claus Ankerson at a poetry slam in Lekhana 2013
Taking note of the increasing number of playwrights from Bangalore, a panel of Bangalore’s young playwrights will discuss how the city inspires them in their scripts, at 4pm on Sunday, at the JDP. The panel includes Swar Thounaojam, Gautam Raja, Ram Ganesh Kamatham and Ramneek Singh. Look out also for a panel on contemporary writing in Tamil the same day. “What we noticed is that a lot of Tamil writing is about Sri Lanka and there is an increasing sense of oneness. A number of women writers are also activists and that is a trend that is exciting,” says Sattar. The session, “Issues and Concerns in Contemporary Tamil Literature” will have as discussants translator Lakshmi Holmström and poets Kutti Revathi and Prema Revathi.

Apart from readings on Saturday and Sunday, The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective will run an all-day workshop on Sunday on how to write poetry as well as how to perform it.

There will be a special workshop for children, facilitated by Bookalore, at the Lightroom Bookstore in Fraser Town on Saturday. Children aged 9-12 can participate.

For more details on Lekhana, visit www.facebook.com/LekhanaBangalore

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